Repealing Of Obamacare Could Lead Americans To Canada For Prescriptions
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 0:49
During a meeting with the heads of major US health insurers today, President Trump told them to "expect something special" to replace the Affordable Care Act as his administration advances its replacement for the ACA (Obamacare). The clues are contained in the Obamacare Repeal and Replace Policy Brief released by House Republican leaders on February 16, which you can download here, .
Snyder has generally been seen as a Republican governor who wants any move to repeal Obamacare to involve some level of accommodation, especially as it touches on Healthy Michigan, the Medicaid expansion program he pushed for under the Affordable Care Act that covers more than 600,000 low-income Michiganders. Created to channel increased profits to the health care industry and cut costs for the government and corporations, it is intrinsically tied to the for-profit health care delivery system in America.
Many Republicans in Washington support policies that would cap Medicaid funding at a fixed amount, instead of paying a certain percentage of states' costs.
Medicaid, known here as MassHealth, is jointly funded by the federal and state governments. A Molina Healthcare spokeswoman said the Long Beach, Calif. -based insurer, which provided marketplace coverage to 526,000 people in 2016, was not invited to attend and did not know why. Mary Mayhew, commissioner for Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, told the Journal, "We would not have been anywhere near as optimistic [previously] as we are with the Trump administration in their desire to provide flexibility to the states".
The independent analysis by the consulting firms Avalere Health and McKinsey & Company said the tools states could be given to control spending include tightening eligibility criteria, requiring able-bodied beneficiaries to work, limiting benefits, reducing payments to providers and increasing patients' cost sharing.
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"We didn't tell the American people we're going to repeal it - except we're going to keep some of the tax increases that some are talking about".
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said on Monday that many conversations during this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association centered on Medicaid, the massive government health insurance program for the poor, and how to ensure those who received coverage under the Medicaid expansion could maintain coverage.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was among the GOP governors expressing concern.
Democrats and proponents of the law also sought to step up their efforts. It's that reality that has led to the reemergence of the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act.
Trump told the gathered Republican executives that he hoped to overhaul the American tax system but that was a "tiny little ant" compared to what he would need to do to remake the so-called Obamacare law.
Trump said that 2017 would be a "catastrophic" year for Obamacare, citing how almost half of insurers have stopped participating in the exchanges and that one-third of counties in the United States will only have one insurer participating on the exchanges.